John Wayne: The Collection


It's 25 years since Marion Michael Morrison, aka John `Duke' Wayne, succumbed to the Big C, and while probably only hardcore fans will spend 200 quid on the all-American icon, you should certainly consider buying one of the six-film, £50 box sets which make up this 34-movie collection.

John Wayne: Out West is inessential (though Rooster Cogburn is good fun), while In Action's most high-profile entry is ghastly Genghis-Khan-as-cowpoke picture The Conqueror. At War, though, includes a stalwart selection of gruff, tough flagwavers, with Sands Of Iwo Jima the standout. Essential status goes to The John Ford Collection, where The Quiet Man's blarney is outweighed by the majesty of the Calvary Trilogy, seafaring drama The Long Voyage Home (which finds Wayne wrestling a Swedish accent) and - available for the first time on DVD - seminal 1939 Western Stagecoach, with Wayne's now-classic crash-zoom entrance announcing the arrival of an icon.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 11th 2004

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